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There will be a partial code freeze prior to ICD-10 implementation

During the ICD-9-CM Coordination & Maintenance Committee Meeting on Sept. 15, CMS representative Pat Brooks, RHIA, announced that the committee had finalized the decision to implement a partial freeze for both ICD-9-CM codes and ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes prior to implementation of ICD-10 in October 2013. The partial freeze will be implemented as follows:

  • The last regular, annual updates to both ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 code sets will be made on October 1, 2011.
  • On October 1, 2012, there will be only limited code updates to both the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 code sets to capture new technologies and diseases as required by section 503(a) of Pub. L. 108-173.
  • On October 1, 2013, there will be only limited code updates to ICD-10 code sets to capture new technologies and diagnoses as required by section 503(a) of Pub. L. 108-173. There will be no updates to ICD-9-CM, as it will no longer be used for reporting.
  • On October 1, 2014, regular updates to ICD-10 will begin.

To learn more, access p. 10 of the agenda for the ICD-9-CM Coordination & Maintenance Committee meeting, which is available on the CMS website.

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Doreen V. Bentley About the Author: Doreen V. Bentley, CPC-A, is the Managing Editor of JustCoding.com, which provides coders, coding supervisors, and health information management (HIM) directors with educational resources to test their coding knowledge, employ correct coding guidelines, and stay abreast of CMS transmittals.

E-mail her at dbentley@hcpro.com

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